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How to Keep Spiders as Pets

Spiders can make fascinating pets. Here are a few steps to get you started keeping spiders.

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Step 1: Catch a spider

Spiders are all around us, indoors and out, so they’re not hard to find. Some species can bite and a few are venomous. Learn about dangerous spiders in your area before heading out. It’s easy to safely catch a spider by using a small jar. Gently coax it into the jar using the lid. Spiders will eat each other, so keep only one per jar.

Step 2: Prepare a cage

Large spiders do well in the inexpensive plastic terrariums available from pet stores. Smaller ones can be kept in jars or plastic containers if air holes are drilled into the lid or sides. Be sure the holes are small enough to prevent escape.

Potting soil makes good cover for the cage bottom. Sticks, dead leaves or artificial plants provide structure for hiding, climbing and webbing.

Step 3: Water

Depending on the size of the spider, anything from a plastic bottle cap to a small bowl can serve as a water dish. Spiders also drink water sprayed on webbing, but you should never allow the cage to become damp.

Step 4: Feeding

Offer insect prey once or twice a week. Crickets are available from pet shops, or you can collect insects outdoors if no insecticides have been sprayed in the area.

Step 5: Observing

Watch your spider and take notes on its behavior. You won’t believe what happens in the spider’s web until you’ve visited it yourself!


PREFERRED PETS

Not all spiders do well in captivity. Active hunters are usually easier to keep than web builders. Here are a few that make good pets.

Tarantulas: Some species exceed 10 inches in legspan. They’re by far the most popular pet spiders and can be bought in pet stores.

Wolf Spiders: Some can be more than three inches in legspan. Large specimens do best in terrariums with lots of floor space.

Jumping Spiders: Although small and rarely exceeding half an inch, their jumping ability is amazing. Many species are brightly colored and can easily be kept in jars.

Fishing Spiders: In captivity, these large spiders appreciate vertically arranged pieces of bark for climbing. They’re very fast, so use caution when capturing them.

Grass Spiders: These spiders build funnel-shaped webs in grass, bushes and on buildings. In captivity, they will build extensive webs inside their cage.

LEARN MORE: Click here to see photos of a spider expert’s seven favorite spiders

11 Comments on How to Keep Spiders as Pets

  1. Hi

    My pet is a house spider is that a good spider to keep and how do I look after it

  2. I have a hobo spider in a huge tank but be careful because the are fast her name is Bilbo baggins

  3. Anonymous // May 20, 2020 at 3:12 pm // Reply

    We have writing spider’s on our farm and I will catch one as soon as possible.😓😓😓

  4. Red backed jumping spider owner // May 15, 2020 at 2:39 pm // Reply

    I have a red backed jumping spider his name is Harry

  5. Smokethecoyotereal // May 12, 2020 at 5:48 pm // Reply

    I just caught a spider today. I don’t know what type it is. Can you please tell me what the named spider-breeds look like. Other then Tarantulas.

  6. spiderman // May 5, 2020 at 3:39 pm // Reply

    i have a pet brown widow and a pet black house spider its not a black widow its called a black house spider i dont know the scientific name for it but what other things besides crickets could i feed it

  7. Me and my brother caught a spider yesterday and we’ve done everything as now it’s in healthy condition

  8. Spider/Percy Jackson's big fan // April 5, 2020 at 1:18 pm // Reply

    I love spiders! I even have a pet named Garold.

  9. I just found a spider nest in my plant’s pot! What should I do? I want to raise it but I don’t know how.

  10. Scared of Spiders // June 13, 2019 at 10:02 am // Reply

    We trapped a large spider which was in our bathtub over a month ago and put him in a pickle jar. My husband shook the jar the other day and he’s still alive! What in the world?

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